"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." - Mary Lou Cook


Think of this section of ourhealthyminds.com as a corner in your neighbourhood.

Here you will meet writers and other artists who share their experiences living with mental illness, caring for a loved one, or who are exploring wellness - mind, body and spirit. You may discover shared experiences or learn something new. You may even be inspired to begin writing or painting.

Send in your poems or stories or artwork and we will feature them on our website. We will respect your privacy if you wish or include your name if you would prefer.

Send your submissions or questions to Arlene Lahey at ourhealthyminds@cdha.nshealth.ca

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Anna Quon says it’s not surprising that creativity is everywhere. Creativity, according to Wikipedia, is about generating new ideas and new associations between old ideas. So, wherever there are ideas, creativity may be lurking, waiting to happen. 

Sheila Morrison shares her discovery of how a simple project helped her help her daughter.

Sheila Morrison profiles a unique art gallery that celebrates the creativity of individuals living with mental illness.

Keeping a journal can be a great way to relieve stress, celebrate success, identify goals, and savour treasured memories. Professional writer Sandra Phinney offers tips for getting started and continuing to write.

"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. " - G.K. Chesterton

An original work of fiction by Anna Quon.

Anna Quon describes how a writing group is also about laughter, healing and reconnecting.

 Debi writes about rediscovering the joy of childhood crafts.

Debi Noye offers suggestions for getting started with crafts at any age.